Given that Stallone is essentially taking over the show, the temptation to bolster Rocky's screen time may be overwhelming for a star used to being the headliner.
"Looking forward to directing and producing the incredibly talented Michael B. Jordan in Creed 2 next year", he captioned the photo of him and his Creed co-star at the film's premiere. It's a delightful throwback to the early days of the franchise, which features six core Rocky films written by Sly, who also directed four of them.
This news comes just over a month after Stalloneteased details about the upcoming Rocky spinoff sequel. "2018" and the hashtags #Creed2, #MGM, and #Rocky, indicating that production will begin next year. Coogler wasn't able to return to direct the sequel, but he will remain with the sequel as an executive producer. "We are continuing to work on developing the sequel to Creed", the spokeswoman said.
Of course, once you hit "submit" on these articles more stuff gets announced.
Director Ryan Coogler'sCreed - which starred Michael B. Jordan as Adonis Johnson, the son of Rocky Balboa's frenemy Apollo Creed - propelled Coogler to A-List director status. It also garnered Stallone his first Oscar nod since 1976, when he was nominated for Best Actor and Best Screenplay for his roles on Rocky.
If Stallone plans to shoot the film next year, then that should mean a 2019 release date for the boxing drama. Stallone has hinted that the narrative could connect to the events of 1985's Rocky IV.
For his part, Coogler has become one of the busiest and most sought after directors in Hollywood since the success of "Creed".
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